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Preventing cavities has been the mainstay of dentist’s goals for decades. At Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke, we go above and beyond just cleanings to include dental sealants that actually help seal the tooth, creating a barrier from acid and bacteria.

When you contact our office for an appointment with Dr. Michael King, we can answer any questions you may have about dental sealants in Burke, Virginia. How do sealants protect your teeth? First, sealants are just a liquid preparation made of plastic that covers your teeth and then is cured by a blue light to harden the plastic; it basically seals in any bacteria, so it does not spread and cause plaque to harden, which then can lead to tooth decay.

If you do end up getting sealants, you still need to brush and floss and see the dentist regularly. Sealants can break down over time and may need to be reapplied, so it is a good idea to get a checkup. The good thing about sealants, aside from decreasing the chances of cavities, is that they are quick to apply, are painless, and saves time and money in the long run, as well as your oral health.

To apply the sealants, the dentist needs to do a few things first:

–  Clean your teeth, so bacteria and plaque can be eliminated

–  Prepare the teeth by drying them and then placing an Etch solution on the surfaces (this helps bond the sealant to the tooth)

–  The Etch is then rinsed off and the tooth is dried again

Sealants are then brushed over the teeth, into the deep grooves and crevices. The sealant is then checked to ensure the proper application and bonding has occurred. The average time-period for sealants can be years if taken care of properly. To learn more, please contact us at 703-801-6166.